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Kull: Exile of Atlantis

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“Howard’s writing seems so highly charged with energy that it nearly gives off sparks.”
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“Robert E. Howard had a gritty, vibrant style–broadsword writing that cut its way to the heart, with heroes who are truly larger than life.”
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In a meteoric career that spanned a mere twelve years, Robert E. Howard single-handedly invented the genre that came to b
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Del Rey (first published 1967)
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Read by Todd McLaren & downloaded from my public library. You rock, Library!

The introduction by Steve Tompkins is long, over 30 minutes. Almost immediately, he puts down ERB's John Carter. He said something about Carter's ego being so big that Helium, the city he rules, is well named. Seriously? He crapped on ERB's character?!!! I'll bet most Kull & Conan fans like John Carter, too. I do, although not as much, but that's just unnecessarily rude. It's not a contest about whose sword is b
Mike (the Paladin)
Dec 14, 2015 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, action
Good reliable sword and sorcery. Kull the barbarian king of Atlantis kicking butt and having his scribe take names.

In the introduction of the book our organizer of stories goes to great length to tell us that Kull isn't really Howard's warm up for Conan.

Look I know I don't have a degree and I'm not an authority but at least to a certain extent I have to disagree. Kull is where Conan goes. There is a more complete feeling (for me at least) in the Conan stories.

Still this is a good read and like
May 18, 2009 Terence rated it liked it
Recommends it for: REH fans
Shelves: sf-fantasy
I first read Howard's Kull stories on a trip home from college one Christmas. My brother had picked up a used copy (a very used copy) of a paperback collection, which was falling apart in my hands as I read.

My initial reaction was one of disappointment. Perhaps, at that time, I was looking for a more Conan-like story. Whatever the case, when I was building my GR library, I gave these stories but 2 stars. I'm glad that I took advantage of a SF Book Club sale to pick up this reissue of the series
Dan Schwent
Aug 18, 2009 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
Here we are again; another installment of Dangerous Dan's Book Reviews, because after all, you can only hide from the law in a brothel for so long before the girls start demanding payment for services rendered.

Today I'll be reviewing a short story entitled Kings of the Night by the one and only Robert E. Howard. Kings of the Night can be found in both Kull: Exile of Atlantis and Bran Mak Morn: The Last King. That's because it stars both of the title characters.
"How can that be?" you ask. Kull li
Aaron Meyer
Aug 20, 2016 Aaron Meyer rated it really liked it
First time reading this volume but I have read most of the Kull stories at one time or another before. What I do like about this is that all the fragmentary stories, poetry, and many drafts are all brought together into one place for everybody to see. In the appendix there is an essay by Patrice Louinet called "Atlantean Genesis" which talks about the development of Kull from Am-ra and how over time as Howard became estranged from writing Kull stories you see Kull evolve into Conan. This volume ...more
Jun 04, 2013 Simon rated it really liked it
Well, this is certainly one for the Howard completists. Not that it is only such readers who would be interested in this. It is also great for those who just want to read about another of Howard's characters, those who want a change from Conan, although of all of them Kull is probably the most Conon like. If one ignores the various incomplete fragments and unfinished drafts, most of these stories are top notch, up there with his best work.

These are stories of Kull, of Atlantis, barbarian and sav
Teo Kos
Jan 27, 2011 Teo Kos rated it it was amazing
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"Kull: Exile of Atlantis” is Del Rey’s collection of all Robert E. Howard’s Kull yarns, given life not only by the author’s vivid writing, but also illustrator Justin Sweet’s magnificent artwork. Kull, a barbarian, and exile of Atlantis that is later to become Valusia’s most fabled King, is often cited as a Conan prototype and literary forerunner – which is indeed true as, ironically, the last Kull story – “By This Axe I Rule!” was later rewritten as “The Phoenix on the Sword” which is both the ...more
Jul 03, 2012 Charles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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There were times when I've liked Kull as a character more than Conan. He seems more thoughtful at times, but overall there's no doubt that Conan is a more consistent, and in that sense more believable, character. Still, it's nice to have this collection of all the Kull stories, as well as some fragments and drafts, because it shows us a lot about the development of Howard's characters across his writing life.
Benjamin Thomas
Several years ago I began what has become a tradition in my reading life. At the beginning of the year I start a new volume in the excellently produced Robert E. Howard collections (Del Rey) reading a single short story/novella each Saturday morning, usually before the rest of the family gets out of bed. It’s a sort of “me” time. I get through an entire collection over about three months and really feel like I absorb the stories rather than just reading one right after the other. This year I tur ...more
Dec 10, 2014 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Kull stories tend to be somewhat overlooked in the wake of Conan and Solomon Kane and some of Howard's other work, but they're good, interesting adventures. Kull tends to be more introspective and less consistent than Conan, and his character is never quite as clearly defined. This comprehensive audio version is comprised of ten discs, including a lengthy introduction and afterword, and draft versions as well as the final versions of some of the stories. It's good for completists, but those ...more
William Gerke
Aug 08, 2011 William Gerke rated it liked it
A collection of some of Howard's earliest stories. "The Shadow Kingdom" is a masterpiece (and worth reading the closing essay to understand what Howard was doing with this story and it's relationship to the Biblical Saul). The remainder of them are erratic in quality but interesting as a window into the past as Howard develops the vibrant style that would characterize the Conan stories. The inclusion of "Kings of the Night" only highlights the contrast, as it is a later story featuring two other ...more
Jul 17, 2014 Robert rated it it was ok
Though some of the entries are good Weird Adventure fiction, it's best to appreciate this collection of Kull stories in the context of Howard's other work, particularly his most famous, the Conan stories. While Kull is sometimes entertaining in his own right, he and his loyal retainer Brule are certainly prototypes for Conan.

It's interesting to see Howard work through the psychological, cultural, and metaphysical ideas that interest him. The weirdness of some of the tales, such as Kull fighting
Nov 04, 2010 Zare rated it it was amazing
Kull seems to be something like a blueprint for the later Conan. He is a barbarian but unlike Conan he does not try to solve everything with his sword. He uses his brains and one can almost feel his disgust with all the plotting and scheming around him that will only make him react with more force and more blood spilling. [return]He can easily be put aflame by disrespect of others and then there is no way that he will cool off without taking his revenge (in one tale he is even ready to go to the ...more
Jan 23, 2013 Krzysztof rated it liked it
It is clear that Kull is Howard's earlier creation - the world in which he lives is not as well defined, the stories he takes part in all deal with pretty much the same topics, and there is a sense of the author trying out different things and not really deciding on what the character is supposed to be doing. However, make no mistake - this is not only proto-Conan (despite some strong similarities), Kull is a character in his own right, with his own motivations and philosophy.

The Kull stories ar
Jun 15, 2011 Mark rated it it was amazing
A friend let me borrow this book on a whim. I had never heard of Robert Howard or Kull, and I was only vaguely aware of Conan the Barbarian (Howard's later famous creation).

What a pleasant surprise these stories were! Howard writes in a clear, straightforward style, but still manages to convey an other-worldliness. As a character, Kull is fascinating. He is an exile from his homeland who becomes a mercenary and eventually overthrows the king of the most powerful nation and takes his place. Howev
May 11, 2013 Dan rated it really liked it
While some view Kull as a precursor to Conan, it is clear from these stories that he is very different from Howard's later creation. Although a barbarian by birth, Kull is more brooding, more troubled by the immortal questions of man. These stories are also more experimental than the Conan stories, which were written when Howard was more experienced. Some of the plots are more awkwardly handled than Howard's better stories, but a few of the stories rank among Howard's best. This volume includes ...more
Doug Dandridge
May 20, 2012 Doug Dandridge rated it it was amazing
I have always loved Robert E Howard from the time I found my older brother's Lancer books when I was a child. Conan was of course a favorite, but my imagination was always captured by the Atlantean King Kull, a barbarian who rule the fabled kingdom of Valusa back in the dawn of time. Kull was a more intellectual hero than Conan, always brooding about the metaphysical world, but still ready and able to swing a sword in order to crush a tyrant or kill a wizard who threatened his rule. I bought thi ...more
Aug 04, 2011 David rated it it was amazing
Out of the various heroic incarnations Howard produced in his short but fruitful career, Kull is a bright spark that comes and goes all too quickly. Only three Kull stories were ever published in Howard's lifetime, so to read a collection containing unpublished works starring him is a real treat. Kull is like Conan in a lot of respects, but bears a philosophical side that gives him a more brooding aspect. I recommend this collection to anyone who enjoys swords and sorcery fiction, combat scenes, ...more
Apr 07, 2010 Travis rated it really liked it
Kull is great, as most fantasy stories about heroes ( Conan, Luke Skywalker etc) are on their quest and swear they will some day seize/ free a kingdom by the sheer power of their sword arm and noble heart.

Kull is on the theme of 'Okay, you've seized a kingdom. Now what?'
Kull has lots of swordplay, monsters and adventure, but there is also political plotting, and the burden and details of actually running a kingdom.

It's an attempt at a slightly more mature theme than in most traditional fantasy n
Jul 01, 2016 Isidore rated it liked it
So, here's old Kull again, every last little scrap of him, from drafts of drafts to false starts and tiny story fragments.

Reading (or rereading) all of this in one gulp leaves me siding with Farnsworth Wright. The three stories he published (including Kull's guest star appearance in "Kings of the Night") are by far the best work here, with "The Shadow Kingdom" the most outstanding. Kull's metaphysical musings and the prevailing mood of unreality, dread, and obsession in the published stories ar
Jul 11, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
Kull: Exile of Atlantis by Robert E. Howard Many folks know Robert E. Howard for his sword & sorcery character Conan. However, before there was Conan, there was Kull from Atlantis, a mere man who won the crown of Valusia. This book comprises the previously published and unpublished Kull stories and poems. Additionally, there are two essays by Robert E. Howard enthusiasts. In this book are the following stories:“Exile of Atlantis,” “The Shadow Kingdom,” “The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune,” “The Cat ...more
Nov 10, 2014 Bruce rated it really liked it
Kull is one of Howard's more interesting characters, in my opinion. While his stories may not be as across the board entertaining as Conan's, there is a certain philosophical and intellectual flavor to a good number of them, and Kull himself is a much deeper thinker than his Cimmerian successor. However, like many anthologies, this one has its ups and downs.

The best is easily the second one featured in this collection, "The Shadow Kingdom." The serpentmen are some of Howard's greatest creations
Rafal Jasinski
Jul 10, 2014 Rafal Jasinski rated it liked it
Antologia poniższa, będąca kompletnym zbiorem opowiadań o - nieco upraszczając - pierwowzorze postaci Conana, jest moim pierwszym zetknięciem się z twórczością Roberta E. Howarda. Przyznam, że lektura okazała się dla mnie sporym zaskoczeniem. Spodziewałem się archaicznej ramoty, typowego heroicznego fantasy, a okazało się, że wiele z zamieszczonych tu opowiadań posiada zarówno głębię, jak i niesamowity klimat. Choć Kull, to bohater pochodzący z okresu przed Conanem, zdaje się być postacią o wiel ...more
John Montagne
Aug 25, 2011 John Montagne rated it really liked it
Is it Conan with a different name? Not quite, close, but not exactly. Kull has a bit more tact, and seems just a tad more vulnerable. It is a setting which encompasses Atlantis, so my opinion may be bias. I liked Howard's Kull books. In regard to the writing itself - see my Conan anthology review...
Vincent Darlage
A great set of stories. Early on, Kull was about exploring philosophy in a new context - sword & sorcery (this was basically the origins of the genre), and slowly became adventure stories, culminating in a cross-over event between Kull and Bran Mak Morn.
Feb 04, 2016 Martin rated it it was ok
An interesting book for fans of the genre and Robert Howard, but I think it's noticably less refined than his later works. I read it out of mostly academic interest, but probably wouldn't have finished it simply for entertainment.
Many folks know Robert E. Howard for his sword & sorcery character Conan. However, before there was Conan, there was Kull from Atlantis, a mere man who won the crown of Valusia. This book comprises the previously published and unpublished Kull stories and poems. Additionally, there are two essays by Robert E. Howard enthusiasts. In this book are the following stories: “Exile of Atlantis,” “The Shadow Kingdom,” “The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune,” “The Cat and the Skull,” “The Screaming Skull of Sil ...more
Jun 27, 2014 Alex rated it it was amazing
The first seven stories are incredible. Seriously some of the best REH stories ever.

Untitled Story - 5/5
A fine introduction to the world of Kull and reads like a historical learning of the civilizations, landscapes, legends, etc.

The Shadow Kingdom - 5/5
One of the very first sword-and-sorcery stories ever, and one of the best! This one is very suspenseful, mysterious, and action-packed. Can't miss it.

The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune - 5/5
This is really where it starts to get even better. About the K
Man, I am way behind on this sort of thing. Sorry world.

In fairness to myself, part of the delay on this one was that I wanted to be able to find something interesting to say about these stories beyond "they're really good" and "I liked them". I'm not sure I've come up with anything better than that, but here goes.

For those who don't know: Kull was a character created by Robert E Howard prior to his creation of his better known Conan. In many ways, Kull is a bit of a proto-Conan: a barbarian who
Feb 04, 2016 Valerio rated it it was amazing
Questo volume presenta tutte le storie brevi scritte da Robert E. Howard riguardanti Kull, il barbaro esule da Atlantide che ascender al trono di Valusia, il regno pi civilizzato dell'era Thuriana.

Il volume presenta i testi originali dell'autore texano nell'ordine in cui furono scritti.

Le storie di Kull, pur rappresentando un prototipo per quelle successive e pi famose riguardanti Conan, si differenziano da queste ultime sia per l'ambientazione (quasi tutte riguardano un Kull gi re e padrone del

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